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The Stele of Revealing

The  "Egyptian Book of the Dead" is not really one book but many.  In fact the journey of the Dead is inscribed in heirogliphs, in every Tomb or Egyptian funerary artifact.  It describes the journey of the Soul; from the Gods to Earth and back again to the Gods; with appropriate reverence, allcolade and tribute.

A "stele" is an object that was placed outside, rather than inside the tomb. It duplicates some of the writings that would be found inside the Tomb. 

It not only serves as a marker for the Deceased.  It is also an offering of prayer or supplication; as well as a place for visitors to make their offerings to the Gods on behalf of the Deceased so that they may aid him in his journey.

This particular  Stele of Revealing, (a wooden tablet overlaid with stucco and painted with mythological scenes and hieroglyphs )  is an Egyptian religious artifact that dates from the 26th Dynasty. 

It was made to commemorate the death of a Theban priest named Ankh-f-n-khonsu. Who was a Priest of the god Mentu. 

Note: Egypt was a large Empire,   Each localle, had it's own local Gods, Temples and  and Priesthoods.


The deceased, the prophet of Mentu, lord of Thebes,
Ankh-f-n-khonsu, true-of-voice, says:

"O sublime one! I adore the greatness of your spirits, o formidable soul, 
who inspires terror of himself among the gods.

Appearing on his great throne, he travels the path of the soul, of the spirit,
and of the body, having received the light, being equipped, I have made 
my path towards the place in which Ra, Tum, Khephra, and Hathor are; 

I, the deceased priest of Mentu, lord of Thebes, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, son of
a person of the same rank, Bes-n-Maut, and of the priestess of
Amoun-Ra, the mistress of the house Ta-Nech."


Translation of the Hieroglyphs on the Stele of Revealing
Soon after seeing the Stele in a museum in Cairo, Aleister Crowley claimed to have
received a communication from an Egyptian Diety. 

He called this channelled communication   " The Book of the Law" and cited it as the
Law of Thelema.  It was allegedly revealed to Crowley in 1904 e.v., which he saw as
inaugurating the "New Aeon of Horus".

Much of what Crowley discovered in the Stele of Revealing or formed the basis for his
channeled verses.
(Graphics used by permission of the
Boulak Museum of Cairo, Egypt.)
from their Catalog
  Thebes, XXVI Dynasty
31 x 51.5 cm - approx.12" x 20"
Boulak Museum, Cairo, Egypt
Catalog No. 666 
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The deceased, the prophet of Mentu, lord of Thebes,
Ankh-f-n-khonsu, true-of-voice, says:

"O my heart of my mother, O heart which I had while I was on earth,
do not rise up against me in witness, do not oppose me as a judge,
do not charge me in the presence of the great god, lord of the West,
because I have joined the land to the great West when I was flourishing
on earth!"

The deceased, priest of Thebes, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, true-of-voice, says:
"O, you who only has one arm, who shines in the moon, the deceased
Ankh-f-n-khonsu has left the multitudes and rejoined those who are in
the light, he has opened the dwelling-place of the stars (the Duaut)
Now then, the deceased Ankh-f-n-khonsu has gone forth by day in order
to do everything that pleased him upon earth, among the living."

Hadit, the great god, lord of the sky.

Ra-Hoor-Khut, chief of the gods.

The deceased, prophet of Mentu, lord of Thebes, the one
for whom the doors of the sky are opened in Thebes,

Ankh-f-n-khonsu.

bread, water, cattle and fowl.

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